Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman

16 January 201817:24

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the murder of Serbian politician Oliver Ivanovic in the Autonomous Province of Kosovo, Serbia

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With great sadness, we have learned about the murder of prominent politician Oliver Ivanovic, one of the leaders representing the Serbs in the north of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo, on January 16. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

We strongly condemn this heinous act. Paying off political scores in this manner could lead to a sprawling atmosphere of terror and a relapse of the inter-ethnic conflict in the region. We call for all international forces present in Kosovo to take exhaustive measures and prevent potential incidents in the province as their mandates allow.

We expect that the competent authority will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and find those responsible, who will be appropriately punished in a way that they deserve.

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